Gov. Newsom’s New WCAB Appointment

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board will see the return of a familiar face with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reappointment of Marguerite Sweeney to the board (see photo). A former applicant attorney, … Read More »

Workers Comp Appeals Board At Full Strength

Former Gov. Jerry Brown’s final appointment to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board is now all but confirmed. WCAB Commissioner Craig Snellings (see photo nearby), easily cleared a Senate Rules Committee confirmation hearing on a unanimous vote and is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate after it returns from summer recess. Snellings is a … Read More »

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UR Bill Clears Assembly, Apportionment Bill Still Alive

Two bills backed by the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) are advancing in the Legislature. One addressing utilization review is moving “as a vehicle for on-going discussions” about potential reforms, while the second would restrict apportionment for permanent disabilities. As recently amended, AB 1107 by Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas) would allow claimants to seek penalties … Read More »

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Presumption Bills Moving In The Legislature

A costly measure to create the presumption that workers’ comp automatically covers all diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues if the claimant is a first responder cleared its first hurdle without any votes in opposition. And up next is a bill rehashing prior efforts to expand workplace presumptions to cover … Read More »

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Industry Fretting Future of Workers’ Comp

The major data analytics in California’s workers’ comp system continue to show improvement thanks to the resilience of the Baker Reforms, but industry insiders are anything but complacent. A new administration, a new Insurance Commissioner and a labor-backed Democratic supermajority in the Legislature are all contributing to an underlying sense of unease. “There’s a restlessness … Read More »

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State Fund’s Premiums Climb, But Problems Persist

The State Compensation Insurance Fund reversed course last year and reported a slight 1.9% increase in net premiums earned, but officials say market forces continue to reshape its operations. State Fund president Vern Steiner delivered the news to the fund’s newly reconstructed board of directors. Former Gov. Jerry Brown made a flurry of appointments and … Read More »

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Applicant Attorneys, Labor All In For Expanding Dynamex Decision

The question of who or what is an independent contractor is front and center, both for wage and hour and tax issues and for workers’ comp. The state legislature will be the scene of a major fight this year over the California Supreme Court’s employee classification decision in the Dynamex case and parties on both … Read More »

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